Enough is enough. My testicles still ache from running over a hole in the road on my motorcycle. Usually I see the dent in the road ahead and get up out of the saddle, letting the bike take the brunt of the impact. This time the hole in the pavement caught me off guard.
Never in my life have I seen roads in such disrepair. The Interstates have paved horizontal humps snaking across them that are unavoidable. They're dangerous as well, but the state won't tell you that. If you have an accident going over those humps it's your fault, just like it's your fault if you drive across a pothole and your suspension or rims get ruined. They even put those humps across the entry ramps to the Interstates. Hit those at speed with a motorcycle tucked into the curve and you've got your hands full.
We've got the lottery, the money from which was supposed to go to the schools, but that cash vanished into the bureaucratic ether, never to be seen again. We've got a casino with table games but I have no idea where that revenue goes but it's not on the pavement. Smith Street, that infamous corridor that's really route 44, gets even worse the closer you get to the statehouse. There are holes in that road that haven't been fixed for years and they only get deeper when winter arrives.
And what's up with sinking the manhole covers below the paved surface of the road? Who were the masterminds behind that road repair? They're as bad as potholes and they were put there on purpose.
How do we expect anyone to open up a business or relocate their industry to this state? Just driving 95 north from the airport into Providence is like being on the Ho Chi Minh trail only worse. Why would anyone want to take a vacation here? The vegetation isn't cut along the jersey barriers and trees are branching out. Soon you'll drive from T.F. Green into the city and admire the fall colors of the leaves drooping over the road. It might distract visitors from those humps in the road that cause their cars to get loose in the turns.
Fix the roads now. This place looks like a dump. With weeds eight feet tall and roads that are downright treacherous, the only reason someone drives through this state is to get out of it as quickly as possible.